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including florida, ohio and virginia. closing right now polls in iowa, montana, nevada, utah and idaho. both candidates have settled into watch. the president has been some chicago, romney went to boston to cast his vote before flying out for more campaigning. we have team cove rage on the two. ken pritchett is with the president in chicago. we start with rita williams. >> >> reporter: romney's senior strategist took to the stage to try to rev up the crowd. he didn't have any real news but as you can see this crowd here is beginning to grow. meanwhile i'm told that romney is a cross the street in a hotel room with his wife ann, his five sons, 16 of his 18 grandchildren. right before he went in there he had one last thing to say about this long campaign. >> i have am very pleased. i feel like we have put it all in the field. we left nothing in the locker room. we fought to the very end and i think that's why we will be successful. >> reporter: no would have, could have, should have, he seemingly is satisfied with the campaign he has run. >> as for his supporters, some are down stairs below
and florida. >> the northern virginia area and virginia, i mention those states because they are the first to have closed on the east coast in terms of the battleground states. we will look at those areas where the president's numbers should be high in hoping that they actually are. >>> specifically woodall says the campaign will be looking the early numbers in minorities, that could be a gauge for the night ahead. coming up, we will talk to the top democratic leader in the state of california who's attending tonight's event. that's attorney general harris in chicago. ken prichard, channel 2 news. >>> getting results from back east. ken and heather are watching those with the latest returns. >> we have fight -- five states that brings mitt romney 3 electoral votes. indiana went to president obama four years but not this time, mitt romney has been declared the winner of indiana, 55 to 45%. take a look at kentucky, another win for mitt romney, 59 to 41%. again, no surprises here. these are states that didn't turn out any differently than projected. >> let's take another look at another stat
with 303 electoral votes, florida is still up in the air although the president does have a lead there right now of half of a percentage point. now, it's important to note that obama took nearly every swing state, including colorado, ohio, pennsylvania virginia, and wisconsin. those last three really contributed to his win and to the fact that we were able to call the race relatively early last night. if you remember yesterday, there was speculation that the count could go on for several days in the event of a close race. the popular vote is very close at 50.2% to 48.2, just a difference of two points there but with nearly 100-point spread in the electoral vote, it's really no contest. congressional seats democrats did not gain control of the house, which was to be expected, but they did maintain control of the is that the, picking up seats in indiana and massachusetts, a big win there for elizabeth warren against scott brown. we're still waiting on results from montana and north dakota but departments have the lead right now. the two independents, king from maine and sanders fro
were supposed to be blue and we're watching florida closely as well as virginia. those are two battleground states that could shape this election. we will keep you posted. >> the polls are still open in california until 8:00. you still have time to vote. >> right now i'm standing outside the registrar of the people have showed up to vote. they are doing drive of boating but there are also a lot of people inside. -- voting at the county hired 6000 workers over the last three or four months to make sure that they come in just for today to make sure things run smoothly. after 8:00 when the polls close things will get very interesting. >> we start counting the ballots. and around 915 we will get returns and and there will be a lot of activity between now betwee and 10:00 in the morning >> for now and the south bay kron4 news. >> kron4 cameras were there when lots of deep melon ballots were delivered. -- the mail in >> we mailed out 450,000 ballots and as of yesterday we have received 202,000 back in the mail. we picked up the mail today and we got maybe another 20,000 back. we'll g
, 63% has already voted. in florida 53%. iowa 44%. and ohio 31%. john dickerson and i were talking about this earlier today. we could have most of the results already by the people that have come out early and that's why the campaigns spent so much time on getting out the vote early, this ground game on these early votes. >> pelley: we'll come back to you early and often. john dickerson is our cbs news political director. john is going to be showing us the various ways that the candidates can get to the 270 electoral votes necessary to twin presidency. john? >> well, first, scott, let's follow up on what bob was saying. we're going to dispatch with 41 of the states, the majority of the country cbs estimates based on the polling that those states are either going to go to barack obama or to mitt romney. that gives barack obama a start where he's likely to get 237 electoral votes, mitt romney is likely to get 191 electoral votes. so here we are at the beginning of the evening, nothing has been called, it's all possibility. so what is the easiest past for each candidate to get to that
an eye on virginia. of course ohio, florida, and the other swing states as well. >> one of the states we mentioned, only one we mentioned in which president obama is expected to win is vermont. three electoral votes. we are continuing to monitor vermont. we want to take you now to indiana. as you see here, we have 5% reporting. romney is leading in indiana. president obama won the state of indiana four years ago. we do have one state right now, kentucky, with its eight electoral votes going to mitt romney. romney is expected to win kentucky. now, we want to head down to south carolina, another one in which mitt romney is expected to win, monitoring those pres with 9 electoral votes. let's look at the state of georgia. no numbers yet. 16 electoral votes at stake. we'll be monitoring all of these results as they come in. >> we've been watching the early closing states and we are joined live from the news room. >> reporter: one of those key presidential swing states as we said is virginia. it might be the closest of all. votes are right now being tallied. voters tolerated long lines all day
voted with mailin ballots. >> lines in other parts of the country such as ohio and florida have been long. in some cases stretching around buildings. we have coverage throughout the bay area. right now we will start with the race for the white house. rita williams is in boston but we begin with ken prichard in chicago with the obama campaign. ken. >> reporter: just within the past half hour some of the thousands of president obama supporters have been allowed in this large event venu. many received tickets because they are chicago residents and live in this area and who agreed to travel and hit the road and go to the neighboring battleground states of wisconsin and campaign for the president there in the last few days. the president wants to thank them. there are many states that are intense. pennsylvania, the romney campaign is focused on that the obama campaign is not truly a contest. a short time ago, we talked to democratic national committee communications director brad woodhouse and he says the final campaign day stop by romney is something that he doesn't blame romney for try
hour to obama. and before we get away, the state of florida, 90% of all precincts are now reporting. florida is still to close to call. obama has a larger lead than he did but florida is way to close to call right now. i want to check in -- here is the college map. obama now with 244 on route to 270, the president out in the lead with a lost battleground states left to go and it's not over. romney with 193. the popular vote is shaping up to be interesting. a sea of red and blue. the popular vote not what matters but interesting to check in with and -- there is the popular vote as it breaks down. romney leading in the popular vote but of course obama leading in the big way in the electoral college at least for now. the two main reporters on the trail for us are ed henry, our chief white house correspond who has followed the white house campaign and carl cameron who followed the romney campaign is live in boston. >> . >>> it's very, very close, they know it's a needle that needs to be thread, they are just wonder figure it can get done tonight, tomorrow or ever. >> carl cam cameron l
close to call. the biggest is florida with 29 electoral votes in the president has made 26 visits there since the month of june. he has made 38. this shows that the republican candidate of less than one-half of 1%. ohio, 18 votes. and 454 mitt romney and virginia, 13 electoral votes. 20 ohm pop- up visits. 27 brugge visits and president obama is ahead by 1.5%. president obama also was a 2.5 percent lead for i was six electoral votes and 4 percent lead for wisconsin 10 votes. >> let us break it down. these blue states are safely towards obama. and degrees are taki key swing let me show you this mitt romney victory if he takes florida and leading he really needs to win florida if this is going to work out for him. and if he takes virginia, ohio, he still as only at 266. and he needs to 70. if we give him a new hampshire that would be giving him the 270--4 victory. let us take away ohio. and if he loses ohio he still does florida, virginia, new hampshire, mitt romney would also have to have victory in wisconsin, iowa, and still colorado. that would propel him over the 270. these are
of the united states. >> he hit crucial states from florida, virginia and ohio. he states that he is a businessman that he knows what it takes. >> from day one i will go to get americans back to work. >> the campaign continues on election day and romney has to more meet and greet stops. a state that many state it is the key to the white house. >> pennsylvania is one and michigan is one. his running mate paul is end--he stated that they will keep working to keep energy go on to the polls close. >> mitt romney has been stating that his campaign appearances that he wants people to get out and vote. he cast his voted to about 10 mi. of away from where i am right now. he is open to rein in these critical electoral votes. >> it is out of my hands now and it is in your hands. the single most powerful force and our democracy is you. moving this country for begins with you. >> and the president is getting a little emotional when he was speaking in iowa late last night. he is in chicago today. while the nation decides whether he should spend another four years in office. the president and t
their final efforts. >> on sunday president obama campaigned in concord, new hampshire, hollywood, florida, cincinnati, ohio, and aurora, colorado. he begins this morning with a rally in madison, wisconsin. nancy cordes is there covering the obama campaign. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president is due to address this crowd in about an hour and a half. he spends this final day of the campaign in three key midwestern states. here in wisconsin, then in ohio, and iowa. if he sweeps all three of those states tomorrow, his victory is almost assured and campaign officials say they feel very good about their chances. >> hello, florida! hello, virginia! hello, ohio! >> reporter: crisscrossing the country in this final lap, the president told crowds of 10,000 and 20,000 that he is the same bipartisan hopeful truth teller they elected four years ago. >> you know what i believe. you know where i stand. you know i tell the truth. ♪ you make me >> reporter: in the closing days this campaign has taken on the era of a traveling concert. over the weekend katy perry, dave matthews
: in florida, governor romney criticized the administration's record helping small business. >> sometimes, regulators seem to look at businesses like they're the enemy. >> reporter: he never mentioned the president by name, but governor jeb bush did, claiming mr. obama's making excuses for his failures. >> it's almost as though the dog ate my homework is the reason why we're going through tough times. >> reporter: early voting reopened in maryland with some long lines. >> three hours. >> yeah, yeah, but it's worth it. >> reporter: in areas where flooding destroyed some polling places, they're considering putting up tents to make sure residents can vote tuesday. more polls, quinnipiac gives the president a five-point edge in ohio, but they say things are so close, it's such a small lead in virginia and florida, they're calling it a tie. lynn? >> all right, tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thanks. so, as we mentioned, the obama/christie meeting has been an extraordinary coming together of two political polar opposites, men who have very recently delivered some extremely biting com
. and a fundamentally different values set. >> florida value boaters'- lined up for the last early motive years-pour the election challenges of superstore sandy. storm sandy florida voters lined up. >> we can certainly see that arizona, north carolina are going towards mitt romney. new mexico, minnesota, pennsylvania are leaning towards obama. what are left? it is a bet to close. nevada, colorado, ohio, wisconsin, ohio, virginia, new hampshire, and florida. check out how close these numbers are in the swing states. ohio could be the most important state with 50%, mitt romney, 427%. and in virginia, commit amitt romne- and the same in florida and the same and you hampshire. new hampshire, wisconsin, ohio and iowa, and the president leads in these states but it is in with them at a margin of error. and definitely meant romney is within striking distance. >> as a reminder we will have election night extended coverage on tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in stay updated on our website www.kron4.com facebook and twitter. we have a developing story out of land and the rescue helicopter went down in flames we will
in yellow, you can see how the electoral votes stack up. let's say we give barack obama ohio, florida as well. he still is coming up five electoral votes shy of the 270 he's going to need that leaves him with nevada or iowa, at least new hampshire with four votes is not going do it. let's give mitt romney ohio and florida as well. he's quite a bit short still, 29. he's going to need any combination of the yellow states that are left unless he made this final push for ben pen -- for pennsylvania that is going to get him closer still shy leaving whim colorado. the polls are close, but the -- latest poll gives obama more of a lead over mitt romney, 50-47, as of this morning. >> aside from the presidential election the biggest issue facing california voters prop 30. the governor's tax measure to fund education. he made his final push with senator feinstein yesterday. his initiative would avoid trigger cuts by increasing taxes on high income earners and increasing the state's sales tax. he will hold a rally with supporters and head back to sacramento. amy hollyfield will have more in the n
'easter isn't the best way to get started with the new license. >> how more. >> steve in florida. promised myself to stay up until florida results posted. does scarborough have this much sway? call it off, akle rod, for the love of god. >> you know about this bet. joe and david axelrod have this bet. there's debate about the legalese, the language. joe said if mitt romney loses north carolina and florida, joe will grow a mustache. now, there's some thought that he might have said if he loses north carolina and/or florida. in that case, joe would already have to grow the mustache. we're going to work through all this right now on "morning joe." ♪ >>> i'm extraordinarily disappointed. i put a lot of time and effort into the mitt romney campaign from last october going to new hampshire to endorse him through my last trip for him the friday before the storm in north carolina. i was surprised, you know, that it ended as quickly as it did. but that's the way it goes. people decide elections. and so my job as an elected official is to move forward after that. i'm not going to spend a lot of tim
in tampa, florida. and then it was president obama touring coastal new jersey and comforting victims of hurricane sandy, while mitt romney was holding what he called a big victory rally outside miami. and while the romney campaign made sure to have their most telegenic staffers say on camera today that they were going to avoid any partisan commentary today out of respect for the storm victims, they said they were going to avoid any partisan attacks on president obama on this very serious day, they said they would do that, but they apparently really did not mean it, because at a rally in wisconsin today, they had the republican party chairman talking about how america needs to fire barack obama, and saying that the battle to defeat president obama is a battle for this country's freedom. at a rally with mitt romney in florida today, they had that state's former republican governor, jeb bush, talking about president obama as a failure, his failure to bring this country together. at the same event, we had a republican state congressman tell parents that they should threaten to take hallo
. with the help of the people in florida that is exactly what is going happen. >> the vice presidential candidates are also hitting the trail. vice president joe biden stopping in virginia and paul ryan will be stopping in colorado and nevada and ohio. international polls say 49 percent of voters support the president. it is all about the electoral college and the 270 delegates. the states to watch tomorrow evening are going to be virginia and florida ohio and north carolina wisconsin and nevada. we'll have extensive coverage of the election and all of the propositions of the presidential election and the local races starting at 8:00 when the polls close. you guessed at today at our web site @ kron4 .com as well as our 247 news channel. >> enjoy it warm weather last because tuesday is gonna be the last day of record-breaking numbers. i roof cam shows in downtown san francisco is a clear start to the morning. there is some ground fog in the north bay with temperatures sitting in the '50s. into the afternoon sunny and warm conditions were talking '80s not only am land but potentially along the coast
for us are north carolina, virginia and florida. >> he did not expect ob yaum-to-a to win any of those three. >> i think we win new hampshire which is one state, the smallest and a pivotal state. if we win that, i think this goes well for us in battle ground states which i think we're going to win this campaign. >> so there is something to look for. let me show you the risers where we're standing this, is five levels and cameras stacked up. this looks as it did four years ago. we're in grant park. back then, it was a4ir night in chicago. lots of people filled that park. at least it's inside and outside right now. it's gold and rainy. you're not going to hear complaints here from folks inside. karen? larry? >> how big is the hall? how many people will it told hoeld? what are we expecting in terms of the size of the audience there? >> people haven't started to come in yet. that is still a couple hours away. reserve tickets for volunteers of the campaign. i have heard 10,000 and as high as 18,000 people. way down at the end of the hall, they won't be able to see the stage, but you will be
over the reduced hours and florida. some people have not had a chance to cast a ballot and the provisional four ohio. they say that the ohio election is so tight that it could come down to perhaps one week. that is when they have passed for absentee ballot. and there is the storm. they are delivering a balance to emergency sections. some of these lines have been unusually long. let us take a look at illinois. they are nearly doubling the usual. >>pam: take a look of how close the presidential contest this. right now, it is in a statistical dead heat. 49 percent support president obama and the same support mitt romney. fazan grant lotus. >> at least 270 that would needed to win. the red states here are safely romney or cleaning romney. the blue states are safely obama, or legal,. these yellow states, and the key swing states. still too close to call. here are a couple of scenarios that would lead to a robber the victory. let's say romney takes florida victory possible. that gives him a florida and ohio. key as the amount of a 266. however, what happens if mitt romney doe
, after campaign iing i florida on wednesday. jan crawford filed this report this morning as the romney campaign headed north. >> to say that the hurricane threw a wrench in the presidential election is really an under dstatement. think about it. less than a week to go, the race this tight. both sides suspending campaigning and romney yesterday back on the campaign trail but muting his attacks on the president. and the president yesterday getting to do something romney could not. act as comforter in chief. >> we're going to help you get it all together. i promise, you're going to be okay. >> reporter: he met with victims and officials, reassuring that the government will be there to help. >> we're going to get this whole thing -- we're going to get this whole thing set up. >> reporter: at his side republican governor chris christie, a romney supporter. to show he was moving beyond partisan politics. >> he has been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm. >> reporter: back on the campaign trail, romney toned down his criticism of the president,
, virginia and ohio. they feel ok about florida and virginia. but a sign of trouble. jonathan martin is hearing the margins for him in chesterfield county just outside of richmond, where he is doing well, it is not good enough. if he's losing there, it's a sign of trouble in the state. in ohio, romney is worried about the midwest. wisconsin, and ohio, real nervousness. in the obama war room, confidence. exit polls looked good for john kerry. there are jokes about president kerry. but their models are coming in. the vote is coming in how they expected. >> one state declared is indiana, which obama won and it is called for romney. it shows the map is smaller this time, the map is smaller. some of the exit polling looks good, some does not, with what people think of health care and the role of government. people ask me, who should i vote for? what will they do? i have no clue. none of the candidates talked about what they'll do. it goes with what john wrote, about how small the campaign is in what is a huge moment. when you think of what is happening with our debt. trillion-dollar defic
in ohio, virginia and new hampshire after starting in orlando, florida. the republican saying the president failed to live up to his promises and urged supporters to get to polls tomorrow. >> we have one job left to, make certain everybody who is qualified to vote gets out to vote. we need every vote in florida. >> the final poll at the campaign shows president obama leading romney nationally. the same poll reflects a four day rolling average showed romney head by a point on thursday. >> in florida thousands of people waited in lines around state to vote by absentee ballot. some people waited three to four hours. this process allows voters to request ballots or return ballots by mail over the weekend people waited up to eight hours to vote. democrats blame republican governor rick scott for long lines and say the governor and republican-controlled legislate you're cut the number of days from 14 to 8. >> early voting is underway in the bay area. this is the scene earlier today. about a third of eligible voters have voted in san francisco. alameda and santa clara counties report
. they were just as busy targeting places such as florida ohio and virginia. overnight the energy level in the volunteers has just soared and people have started coming in and calling and wanting to help. >> reporter: now democrats say they are targeting republicans and undecided voters and they are hoping to convince people president barack obama needs to finish what he started. >> we need to know what the facts are and to have to be able to share that with other people. >> both parties say they will not take everything from granted and this is live from beaumont. >>> it is a big issue on the ballot for voters, it is prop 30. they made a big push for this tax increase measure. let's go to alex, what do you know alex? >> reporter: well the governor will be casting his ballot about two hours from now and he will obviously be voting in favor of proposition 30 and urging others to do the same. the governor is making a last minute push to fund education and he made a 5 city swing with a rally of education. >> they care about the kids, they care about the schools and they care about the futu
years. in florida, one of the key swing states, there were long lines at a lot of polling places that stretched well into the evening. observers say high voter turn out, long ballots 11 pages in some counties and some minor computer glitches contributed to long waits. we heard reports in some cases this is amazing of three hour waits in some spots during the lunch hour. and as of now, florida is still too close to call. >> for weeks the polls have pointed to a very tight presidential race coming down to a few key states. >> ken wayne and heather -- [captioner transition. >>> the winner with a lot fewer than 98% of the votes. and the reason for that was most of the gop strong holds in ohio had been counted and still a large number of votes in the subsqushs and northern ohio, the big cities where there are strong democrat there. so more democrat and that's why ohio was kaldz even though we didn't a 100% of the vote counseled. . >> we do have some more swing states to look at. new hampshire went to president obama tonight. also to virginia, a states that wasn't called until just an
after an event in another battleground state. >> mitt romney campaigned in florida wednesday but during his three rallies he never once mentioned president obama by name. >> i understand what it takes to get this country going again. and to bring back the kind of greatness we depend on. >> he refrained from an all out attack on the president who was visiting with disaster victims in new jersey. instead romney made his own pitch to help those affected by the storm. >> if you have the ability to help please provide some resources to people there and give calls to your loved ones and keep folks in your thoughts and prayers. it's a big part of what america is. >> the romney campaign ended up back pedalling wednesday over remarks he made about disaster relief funding. at a republican primary debate last year romney down played the federal government's role in disaster response. >> every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states that's the right direction. it can go further and send it back to the private sector that's even better.
is that obama is doing a good job. that he's somebody who can be trutsed. >> reporter: in florida, governor romney criticized the administration's record helping small business. >> sometimes regulators seem to look at businesses like they're the enemy. >> reporter: he never mentioned the president by name, but governor jeb bush did, claiming mr. obama is making excuses for his failures. >> it's almost as though the dog ate my homework is the reason why we're going to tough times. >> reporter: early voting reopened in maryland with long lines. >> three hours. >> yeah, yeah. but it's worth it. >> reporter: in areas where flooding destroyed some polling place, they're considering putting up tents to make sure residents can vote tuesday. we are watching the polls very closely. quinnipiac says the president is up by five percentage points in ohio but his lead is so slim in florida and virginia, it's considered a tie. >> both sides of that campaign will closely be watching tomorrow's release of the monthly employment reports. scott mcgrew continues our coverage. >> reporter: good morning. this wi
them yellow. nevada, colorado, iowa, wisconsin, ohio, virginia, new hampshire, and florida. and check out how close the latest polling numbers are in the yellow swing late. in ohio, maybe the most important state, obama 50% to romney's 47%. in colorado, obama 50, romney 48. in virginia, obama just a one percentage point lead, same thing in florida. in new hampshire, obama 49% to romney's 47%. in iowa, the president with a six percentage point lead. wisconsin, obama 51, romney 44 and in nevada, obama 50% to romney's 46%. the president leads in these states but it's certainly within the margin of error. in most cases, romney definitely within striking distance. >>> and a reminder, kron 4 news will have extended election coverage on tuesday. you can also stay updated on our website, kron4.com. >>> a fantastic weekend, both saturday and sunday, clear at the coast. that was the case here in santa cruz. still clear skies all up and down the coast around the bay area and we're going to see that for tomorrow as well. live at the golden gate bridge, and there is no fog out there for this eveni
. look at that right there. even if he wins nevada and colorado and north carolina, virginia, florida, new hampshire. he can't get there. >> that's the difficulty that the romney campaign is faced with, that mitt romney is faced with. the path of winning this electoral college is so tight, it's almost as if he has to draw an inside straight tomorrow in what's going to happen in the race. and he has to, in my view, if you take a look at ohio, florida and virginia, mitt romney basically has to go 3 for 3 in those states in order to win this race. >> right. the only way he can get around that, somehow if he wins, all his path in winning, virginia, north carolina and florida. let's say he doesn't get ohio but wins wisconsin. then he's got to run the table. nevada, and ohio. >> the long ball is pennsylvania. if they can get pen, it changes the maps entirely. but having been through this before, the day before an election, the interesting thing, both sides are convinced they're going to win. both sides. both candidates and both sides. >> do you still believe that? >> i still believe they're
of these states that are still up for grabs. florida, colorado you can see on the maps. take a look of how close it is from cnn and in ohio. perhaps the most important swing state. with 50% to commit robberies 40%. just two percentage points ahead. and you can see the same in florida with a huge state. president obama with just a one percentage lead and look at new hampshire. it from the 47%. and i was, six percentage points. and in iowa--6 percentage points. and president obama is leading in these states but it is also in mayor margin of error. he is still however within striking distance. check out this superstore sandy forced both candidates to alter their campaign schedule, big time this week. on facebook, we are asking you what impact do think sandy will have on the election. join the conversation. we will be reading comments on air later in the show. >> off we will have continuing coverage of the election countdown continues tonight and will sit down with kron 4 is political analyst michael yaki. however, before that we have a controversial issue to talk about. a new poll is out about prop
his path to election. ohio to wisconsin, to iowa, to virginia. new hampshire to florida to ohio to colorado. wisconsin to ohio to iowa. you'll notice that's three ohios. >> hello, ohio. >> reporter: if he wins here, iowa and wisconsin, it's game over. but the polls are increasingly tight. and 55% of the public still thinks the nation is on the wrong track. >> stand tall, mr. president. god is with you. we are with you. >> reporter: he can use that help. the president's doing what he can to rev up his strongest supporters from 2008, with similar themes. >> over the last four years, the status quo in washington, they fought us every step of the way. what they're counting on now, is that you're going to be so tired of all the dysfunction, that you'll just give up. just walk away. >> reporter: he's making direct appeals, as well, on b.e.t., an ad with jay-z. >> what he represented to a nation of kids was hope. >> reporter: in florida, a spanish-language ad. on monday, he will do three events with bruce springsteen. and, bianna, i want to tell you about this lineup tomorrow. concord,
crisscrossing the country. on sunday, president obama was in new hampshire, florida, ohio and colorado. >> i know a bunch of you already voted. >> yeah! >> but if you haven't, there's still time. >> reporter: today, he will hit more swing states, wisconsin, iowa and ohio before heading home to chicago for election day. >> after all we've been through together, we can't give up now. >> reporter: mitt romney's battleground bonanza sunday included iowa, ohio, virginia and pennsylvania. >> we're taking back the white house because we're going to win pennsylvania! >> reporter: today he will visit florida, ohio, virginia and new hampshire. >> if you are tired of being tired, not just tonight but all the time... >> reporter: both candidates saw huge crowds at their rallies this weekend. and both realize at this point it's all about getting as many people as possible into the election booth. >> that's what's going to decide this because frankly, there's very few if any undecided voters left. >> reporter: that's a fact even these candidates can agree with. >> we're no longer relevant now. we're props
think by this hour while they're still counting votes in florida and made for the next week -- there is an even greener light. we know.what the president was reelected and democrats picked up seats in the senate which is contrary to what anybody in washington i think thought even as late as today. the house is going to stay roughly the same. absent breaking news, i bring you know prescind returns from florida. i would like to spend more time on why this has happened and what it means for us going forward. i share the admiration all around 4 president obama's campaign team. they were technically close to perfect in the first responsibility of a campaign team, that is to identify and turn out voters. the planned it and executed it, and it every step of the way, they knew what votes they needed and went out and got them. they began before election day thinking favorable votes in states where they had put people on the ground to produce. take ileus appear -- technically a superb operation. perhaps some people will think by the fourth or fifth visit -- it did work. the point i wa
vote, president obama is ahead 303 votes to 206 and we are awaiting results from one state now, florida. if the president were to win the there, that would mark a sweep of all but one of the battleground states. >> that is right, because north carolina went into the romney column. in terms of the popular vote, the president holds the lead with nearly 2.7 million more votes than governor romney. president obama will go to the white house today and facing a divided congress with the republicans maintaining the majority in the house, and while the democrats strengthened their hold in the house. there were some hot button issues, while colorado approved medicinal marijuana and maine and maryland became the first state to approve same-sex marriage by public vote. >>> well, for the second time i2 mismo sexo, se hizo en voto northeast na is going to be bearing down on the east coast. >>> and kristin welker had a late night covering the obama campaign, and she is joining us from chicago. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, savannah. president obama is waking up as a two-term president.
him florida and north carolina, two states where he's doing well. we'll also give him virginia, with its 13 electoral votes. we're starting here with a map of other states that he would definitely get. now you've got him at 266. now he can take any one of those remaining five battleground states to win, even four electoral votes from new hampshire. that shows you why ohio is such a big deal. if we take ohio back off the map that takes him down to 252. >> of those that you just showed putting him at 266, how many of those states is he leading in? >> well, this is -- if you really want to start in his strongest positions are really in north carolina and virginia. excuse me, north carolina and florida. that only gets him to 235 if you add in the states he's already got. so that's really where he's doing the best right now. that's why his path to 270 is so tough. >> and the path for the president? >> well, the path for the president is better. you could even see a situation with the president where if he lost virginia, let's give virginia, ohio and florida to romney. then if the pr
already left the company. >>> was we reported, president obama won the state state of florida. it was too close to call on election night. nearly all the votes announced that they boat him 50 to 49.1%. the margin is large enough to avoid an am commuter readout and -- computer readout and romney campaign spokesperson declined to comment. by capturing the 29 electoral votes. president obama 332 electoral votes, mitt romney 206. >>> florida's governor wants to know why the wait was so long at many polling places. more than eight and a half million people vote florida. some waited four hours or longer to caste ballots. >> rick scott looked for ways to streamline the process. >>> there are complaints of voting fraud in the u.s. virgin islands. the attorney general is investigating the allegations. the office did not specify the complaints received. voters in the u.s. virgin islands elected the house of representatives. >>> in a race for district seven seat remains up in the air. through six round of rank choice voting. board of education president has 381 votes. labor leader fx crawly has 11,3
nonstop. vice president is in colorado and paul ryan is holding rallies in pennsylvania, virginia, florida, and ohio. so ohio indeed could be the biggest battleground of the election. the race there is very tight. a just released cnn/orc poll shows obama ahead by just three points, well within the margin of error. an nbc/"wall street journal" poll shows a wider gap with obama leading by six points. president obama is about to speak at a rally in mentor, ohio. he is at least in the building, we understand. and so is our white house correspond dan loathian. the president's schedule is packed today. he isn't just campaigning. he is also keeping a close watch on the storm which he says really is his first priority. >> reporter: that's correct. white house officials saying that president did get updates, briefings overnight. this morning he went to fema headquarters in washington to get a briefing in person, to get a sense of what is taking place with regards to the flooding, the power situation. he had some of his top officials in the room with him. he also spoke via video conference with the
is holding events in florida, virginia and new hampshire all in addition to the battleground state of ohio. president obama and mitt romney will both be in columbus, today. the state has chosen the winner the last 12 presidential elections. yesterday the president was in florida, romney was in pennsylvania. >> if there is anyone who wonders whether better jobs and paychecks are a thing of the past. i have a clear and unequivocal message, with the right leadership america is about to come roaring back. >> the president: it is a choice between a return to the top down policies that crashed our economy or the strong growing middle class-based policies that are getting us out of a crisis. >> reporter: the race is as close as it gets. newest poll shows president obama with just a one point lead over mitt romney. a poll from politico shows the two in a dead heat with 48% each. at least 30 million people have already voted in 34 states, in person or by mail, no votes will be counted until tomorrow. >> stay with abc7 news for complete election results tomorrow, we will be live throughout the eveni
: for mitt romney, frenetic push to the finish starting in florida monday, virginia, ohio and new hampshire nearing midnight. >> perhaps some of your family and friends have not made up their mind who they are going to vote for. ask them to look beyond the speeches and the ads and the attacks. because talk is cheap. ask them to look at the record. >> reporter: president obama spends election day here in chicago with his family. he has no public events, he will be addressing his supporters here at the lakeside center either later tonight or perhaps early tomorrow morning, win or lose. >> ohio is the state everybody is watching, the vote there could be close and it could be complicated. what is up with that? >> reporter: that's right we are talking about those provisional votes given to those who perhaps registered for an absentee ballot then show up at the polls or maybe people who show up but don't have the proper identification those votes aren't counted until 10 days after election day. if it comes down to those, ohio, it could be a long wait. >> t.j. winick, live in chicago, thank you. s
advocates are ready to fight if this race becomes too close to call. by 5 p.m., all of florida polls will be closed with its 29 electoral votes a grand prize in the electoral count. both candidates have led in the polls at some time with the latest one showing that they are only one point apart. also at 5:00er the polls shut down in pennsylvania a state that has been leaning towards reelecting the president. >> when we do see those results, florida, ohio, pennsylvania, we'll probably tell the tale of this election. if barack obama carries those three states, the election is for all intents and purposes over. mitt romney needs one or probably two of those states in order to fill in his electoral map. >> reporter: so governor romney's added stop in pennsylvania is really a signal that his camp believes he has a shot for those 20 electoral votes. he just started airing tv ads there a week ago. shows what you a big shift that is. but president obama's campaign maintains that they will win pennsylvania. we'll see tomorrow. >> thank you. >>> she had a suspicion and she didn't act on it. an
to sweep the whole east coast, doesn't he, at the beginning of the night? florida, north carolina and new hampshire, as well? >> yeah, he's got to sweep all the states that touch the atlantic ocean really to have a chance in this race. and i think virginia will tell us a lot. it's going to tell us if this night ended early for mitt romney or if we're in for a long night. virginia will tell us that. >> that's right, but if he wins, he still has to do well in the midwest. win either ohio or wisconsin. if we give that to president obama, where he's ahead. he is just five votes short of the 270 electoral votes he needs. all that leaves is nevada, colorado or iowa. the president ahead or tied in all three of the states. >> that's the situation that mitt romney is in. it is, he's in a very narrow path to the electoral college victory. and exactly as you laid it out. it's as if he has to draw an inside straight in this campaign in order to win tonight. he has to do all those things and the path is still narrow to win this. >> matthew dowd, we'll see you tonight. >> all right, gentlemen. >>> and
. virginia, pennsylvania, ohio, florida, iowa and nevada are all states that harbor a lot of swing voters. so folks here they want to make sure they encourage to vote democrat. >> the main thrust to all day long is to get out the vote obviously. we have been doing this for a while and today is crunch day so we want to get people ensure they are getting to the polls. >> reporter: now last night republicans were just as bessy at their headquarters in contracosta county trying to get the word out about mitt romney and they participated in phone banking and noticed a surge in republican enthusiasm. >> overnight, after that first debate, the energy level and volunteers have soared. and people have started to call and coming in and wanting to help. >> the election is very close. the polls are showing even in the race for rickey gillas within one point. >> reporter: republicans say a come from behind win is doable and they are hopeful and thefeeling among democrats that president obama needs to remain in office because they want him to finish what he started. now we are told here at the democratic h
florida, virginia, colorado, iowa, it's very close. the toughest state here to make this se ncenario work would be nevada. it's a state a that a lot of republicans and democrats slightly leans in the democratic category. but it's not an implausible scenario. if nobody got 270 then the house of representatives would decide who the president was, but the u.s. senate would vote on who the vice president was. that means the most likely outcome under this scenario is a romney/biden scenario. >> another scenario if ohio is too close to call. >> here's the problem with ohio. they have a new law that says provisional ballots, and these are ballots that are questioned there, maybe somebody didn't bring an i.d., maybe a signature is off, they will let you vote, but you get put in a separate stack. they wouldn't even start counting them until november 17th. today is still november 6th. so in 11 days, let's say the margin is less than 50,000, there's likely to be over 200,000 provisional ballots cast in ohio. they wouldn't start counting those until 11 days. . they wouldn't start counting until then.
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